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Scott Loss

Educational/Professional Background


Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park (2011-2013)


PhD - University of Minnesota; Conservation Biology (2011)


MS - University of Illinois; Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (2007)


BS - University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point; Wildlife Ecology and Management; Biology (2004)

Originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin, I like to spend my free time playing with my daughter, birding (both for fun and only somewhat competitively), traveling, hiking, bicycling, canoeing/kayaking, and brewing beer.

Scott on Google Scholar


Scott on ResearchGate

Dr. Ellen Robertson (Postdoctoral Fellow)


Ellen is a Postdoctoral Fellow funded through the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center.  Her research focuses on investigating effects of climate, habitat, and land use change on species distributions and demography using large-scale citizen science data. Ellen is also evaluating finer-scale effects of habitat management and micro-climate on species movements and demography with existing field data collected across thermal landscapes.

Ellen grew up in Asheville, NC and received her BS from Furman University, her MS from the University of Maine, and her PhD from the University of Florida. She was a Postdoctoral Associate with the University of Florida prior to joining Oklahoma State University in Feb 2020.  Her general research interests include spatial ecology, species distributions, climate and land use change, and conservation. In her free time, Ellen enjoys spending time with family and being outside either hiking, biking, kayaking, backpacking, or running.

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Dr. Ellery Lassiter (Postdoctoral Fellow)


Ellery is a Postdoctoral Fellow funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In collaboration with USDA, U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab, Ellery is using big data to study effects of wind energy and USDA's Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on birds, including potential interactive effects of wind and CRP. Her research results will also be used in an interdisciplinary analysis of ecological & economic outcomes of wind and CRP, and in models forecasting wind development scenarios in the U.S. Ellery is co-advised by Scott and Dr. Courtney Duchardt (also in NREM).

Ellery is originally from Richmond, Virginia and received her BS from Longwood University. She worked for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute before starting her PhD at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and finishing her PhD at University of Arkansas. Ellery’s research interests include population dynamics, spatial ecology, and conservation biology. In her free time, Ellery enjoys playing board games and hiking with friends, as well as cooking and reading with her cat, Ham.  

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Matthew Broadway (PhD student)


Matt is leading a study with the goals of developing a protocol to monitor populations of Eastern Whip-poor-will and other nightjars in Oklahoma, and using the protocol to evaluate nightjar habitat associations in the state. Matt will also be developing other research aspects related to nightjar ecology, possibly including collaborative studies with other research groups currently investigating this charismatic and elusive species group. Matt's project is being co-advised by Scott along with Dr. Tim O'Connell (also in OSU NREM) and Dr. Rob Lonsinger (in the USGS Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit).

Matt received his BS degree from Auburn University and MS degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. In his free time, he can be found camping, working out, renovating his vintage airstream, or hunting with his Red Setter.

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Holly Todaro (PhD student)


Holly is the current Dr. Fritz L. Knopf PhD Fellow. Her project will focus broadly on grassland bird conservation, using both field components and existing datasets to answer novel research questions. Holly's project is being co-advised by Scott and Dr. Courtney Duchardt (also in OSU NREM).

Holly grew up in Port Huron, Michigan and received her BS from Central Michigan University, and her MS from Mississippi State University. Her general research interests include species-habitat interactions, investigating links between landscapes and spatial patterns using animal movement and/or distribution, and conservation. In her free time, Holly enjoys being outside, thrifting, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Lucas Bobay (Master's Student)


Lucas is studying the effects of fire and grazing on native and non-native earthworm populations in tallgrass prairies of the Flint Hills ecoregion, specifically, at the Nature Conservancy's Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, Oklahoma. He is also investigating whether earthworms provide a potential fire-mediated food source for migratory shorebirds (e.g., American Golden Plover, Upland and Buff-breasted Sandpiper) that stopover in recently burned areas in this region. Lucas's project is being co-advised by Scott along with Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf (also in OSU NREM) and includes collaboration with Dr. Torre Hovick at North Dakota State University.

Lucas is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, and received his BS in Wildlife Biology from North Carolina State University. His research interests center around applied ecology, conservation, and avian migration. An avid birder, Lucas also enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, cross-country skiing, and getting off the beaten path.

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Jozlyn Kizer (Master's Student)


Jozlyn is co-leading our study of how woody plant encroachment into Great Plains grasslands (by eastern redcedar) is affecting tick populations and the ecology of tick-borne diseases. She is a graduate student in OSU's Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and is being co-advised by Scott and Dr. Bruce Noden (also in OSU's EPP Department).

Jozlyn is from Mooreland, Oklahoma and received a BS degree in The History of Science, Technology, and Medicine from the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests center on the ecological impacts and spread of tick-borne diseases and public health awareness surrounding vector-borne diseases. Jozlyn's hobbies include camping, skiing, Jiu-Jitsu, and gardening.

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Tucker Taylor (Master's Student)

Tucker is co-leading our study of how woody plant encroachment in Great Plains grasslands (by eastern redcedar) is affecting tick populations and the ecology of tick-borne diseases, and he will also evaluate how the role of birds in carrying ticks is affected by woody plant encroachment. He is a graduate student in OSU's Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and is being co-advised by Scott and Dr. Bruce Noden (also in OSU's EPP Department).

Tucker grew up outside Boston, Mass, and received a BS in Biology from Tufts University. After years working in conservation biology, he made the leap to disease ecology while studying tick-infested songbirds. He hopes to use vector-borne disease ecology as a lens to approach public health problems, especially in the realm of tick-borne illnesses. You can usually find Tucker hosting board game nights or scoping the shores for feathery friends (coastline permitting).

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Riley Lawson (Master's Student)

Riley is leading our study evaluating the effectiveness of window marker treatments in reducing bird-window collisions on the Oklahoma State University campus. Specifically, Riley will conduct a before-after control-impact study comparing post-treatment numbers of collisions to numbers of collisions observed in a baseline, pre-treatment study led by Dr. Corey Riding, Loss Lab PhD alumnus. Riley will also conduct research on other aspects of bird-window collisions and/or their management.

Riley is from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and received his BS degree in Natural Resource Ecology & Management from OSU in 2020. He previously worked in the Loss Lab in his undergraduate years on several projects, including a study on coyote sensory ecology that resulted in a first-authored publication, as well as several literature reviews. His research interests include avian ecology, conservation biology, and spatial ecology. In his free time, Riley enjoys birding, hiking, and playing/watching soccer.

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Maria Bleitz (Master's Student)

Maria is studying how climate change affects wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds that stopover in the U.S. Great Plains. Part of this work will involve analyzing movement and stopover habitat use data for GPS-tracked WIllets, and another to-be-determined aspect of the work will entail fieldwork to study stopover habitat. Maria's project continues research initiated by Postdoctoral Fellow Dave Londe, and she is co-advised by Scott and Dr. Craig Davis (also in OSU NREM)

Maria grew up mainly in Saline, Michigan, but has been lucky to live in several places. She earned her BS in Biology from Calvin University in 2020. Some of her research interests include wetland management, the implications of human-caused climate change, and bird behavior. Maria enjoys reading, using iNaturalist, foraging, trying new recipes, traveling, and getting drinks and food with friends.  

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Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Dave Londe (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2021-2023)

Dr. Shishir Paudel (Postdoctoral fellow, 2014-2019)
Graduate Students

Georgia Riggs (MS Student, 2019-2021)

Yevgeniya Malyutina (MS Student, 2019-2021)

Dr. Jared Elmore (PhD student, 2016-2020)

Sirena Lao (MS student, 2017-2019)

​​Matt Fullerton (MS Student, 2016-2019)

​Dr. Corey Riding (PhD student, 2014-2019)

Megan Roselli (MS student, 2017-2019)

Dillon Fogarty (MS student, 2014-2016)

Maureen Thompson (MS student, 2014-2016)

Undergraduate Research Scholars

​Seraiah Coe (Undergraduate Researcher, 2018-2021)​

Brooke Boughton (Undergraduate Researcher, 2021-2022)

Abby Hurt (Undergraduate Researcher, 2020-2021)

Riley Lawson (Undergraduate Researcher, 2016-2019)

Ashton Roberts (Undergraduate Researcher, 2016-2018)

Kali Roberson (Undergraduate Researcher, 2016-2017)

Chrissy Barton (Post-undergraduate Researcher; 2016)

Katie Schwartz (Undergraduate Researcher, 2016)

Lisa Elizondo (Undergraduate Researcher, 2014-2015)

Cala Hakseth (Research Technician, 2014)

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